RUSSIA: Fall of Tikon

Patriarch Tikon was unfrocked by the All Russian Church Council. Thus the ex-Patriarch, in the words of the Church Council resolution, " is henceforth a simple citizen—André Bélavin."

According to reports from Moscow, where the Church Council was held, Tikon was judged without a hearing, in fact was not even present at the proceedings. The Council charged Tikon with counter-revolutionary acts of which the principal one was the decree of excommunication he laid on the Soviet Government.

The attitude of the Russian Church toward the Soviet Government is not without a parallel...

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